Early days in Gloucester County, Virginia -- which today encompasses the communities of Achilles, Ark, Bellamy, Bena, Dutton, Gloucester, Gloucester Point, Hayes, Maryus, Naxera, Ordinary, Pinero, Schley, Severn, Ware Neck, White Marsh, Wicomico, Woods Cross Roads, and Zanoni-- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this 42 page booklet, comprised of excerpts from three rare vintage books: Historical Collections of Virginia by Henry Howe; Twelve Counties of Virginia by John H. Gwathmey; and Virginia, a Guide to the Old Dominion, a WPA Writer's Program publication. The spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# 8 1/2 x11" paper, with the print enlarged to fit the paper. The front cover is protected with a vinyl sheet. The Howe history, printed in 1845, briefly reviews the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes and sightseeing possibilities. Gwathmey's 1937 contribution, sub-titled "Where the Western Migration Began" is a rich resource for the names of prominent families. Many of these early settlers and/or their descendants later migrated to the "western" states of Kentucky, Ohio, etc. Because the booklet is comprised of excerpts from several sources, there may occasionally be duplication of material. Among the many subjects discussed are: Physical Features of the Area, Location of Werowocomoco on Rosewell and Shelly, part of the Page estate; the great Indian chief, Powhatan, father of Pocahontas; Charles Mynn Thurston, native son; the Charles Thruston family; Massacre of John Ratcliffe and party; Early Land Grants; Mulberry Trees and Silk Production; Insurrection of indentured servants; Bacon's Rebellion; the Secret Burial of Nathaniel Bacon; John Buckner and the first printing press in Virginia; Ware Church, Poplar Spring Church, Abingdon Church, and other Early Churches; Civil officers of Gloucester in 1680; Gloucester men on the King's Council and in the House of Burgesses; Revolutionary War Officers and Action in Gloucester; Gloucester in the War Between the States; Confederate Officers; Carters Creek, seat of the Burwell family, where Thomas Jefferson courted Rebecca Burwell, and other estates in the county; Gloucester Courthouse history and Courthouse portraits and/or tablets honoring Dr. Walter Reed, Joseph Bryan, Major James Stubbs, and other distinguished Gloucester sons, plus a tablet "to the women of Gloucester County"; and many other interesting bits of history and trivia. Illustrations: Capt. John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Gloucester Courthouse
Gloucester County, VA
Sources: Historical Collections of Virginia / History of Gloucester County
Authors: Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1845
Original Publisher: Durrie and Peck and J.W. Barber
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